The lyrics were written by Mark Lowry after his pastor asked him to write the musical program for the Christmas choir presentation. He said, “if you can’t read music, you shouldn’t try to write it.” Hence, Buddy Greene wrote the music, and “Mary Did You Know?” materialized. First released in 1991 by American Christian singer Michael English, it has since been recorded by other artists. A favorite is the 2014 cappella version by Pentatonix.
      Questions asked of Mary gives cause to ponder, “what did Mary know?” The inquiries seemingly emphasize her as being ordinary rather than extraordinary. But wasn’t she both? As a listening audience, we are allowed to follow the curiosity of the author. Lowry said, “I wanted to ask Mary what it was like to raise Jesus.”  The lyrics aren’t saying, “Hey Mary, did you know your Son wasn’t just some random kid?” We’re reminded that His miracles came with a message, met human needs, and confirmed his identity.   
       Professor of early Christian literature and the New Testament at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Margaret M. Mitchell agrees that the ages of Joseph and Mary are not really revealed in the Bible. She explains, “under ancient norms and first century Roman and Jewish law, it was common for young girls to be betrothed, though practice varied by region and social class.”  From apocryphal writings, Mary was consecrated to the Lord at age three and went to live in the temple. Remaining a virgin in order to serve God was not unheard of in her first-century Jewish world. Professor Mitchell found the earliest text to mention Mary’s age is “The Infancy Gospel of James.” It places Mary to be twelve when she conceived Jesus and cited supposed evidence of her enduring virginity to verify she conceived Jesus without sexual intercourse. Professor Mitchell further stated, “we have no idea how old the historical Joseph was, though a tradition that he was very old developed.” The apocryphal writings place him to be age forty when he married his first wife. Together forty-nine years, they raised six children. After her death, the Temple Priests announced necessity to find a respectable man to espouse Mary. Joseph was that man, even though he must have been older than Methuselah’s cat. Would that theory help support the certainty of the virgin birth by finding Joseph was perhaps too old to “cut the mustard?” Did Mary know that Joseph would be quick to think she had committed adultery? He knew she had taken a vow of virginity. He also knew of God’s power to perform miracles so why did he distrust Mary so quickly? Could it be that even for him, the virginal conception would have been too unbelievable? Until in a dream, an angel appeared to Joseph and said, “get your act together and trust Mary!”
      Did Mary know about the birds and the bees? Was the subject taboo? God made sure that didn’t happen. He sent the angel Gabriel to her. “Do not be afraid for you have found favor with God. You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” Mary reasoned, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Now, Gabriel didn’t give a whole scientific analysis of mitochondrial genetics but he explained, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; the child born will be called the Son of God.” Mary knew many things at that moment:  People could question the validity of her pregnancy. Joseph might not marry her. The child could carry the stigma of illegitimacy. Being unwed and pregnant, she knew punishment she faced was stoning. However, Mary knew that God loved her and above all else, she knew to trust him. Thereby, Mary surrendered. Why turn down an offer to be the “Handmaid of the Lord?”
         In today’s world, would any pregnant young girl be believed if she declared she was a virgin? Is it possible for sperm to find a path through clothing and lead to a non penetrative conception?  Yes, those little buggers can!  Pre-ejaculation fluid may contain sperm, and according to Mayo Clinic, pregnancy can occur without penetration. Just like salmon swimming upstream to spawn, sperm cells swim like an olympian trying to beat the clock. Whether they survive long enough to find an egg is up to the “master scientist” with whom nothing is impossible. What would the consequence be for any young girl today finding herself
in such a pickle? It’s not like they could go to their mother and say, “God did this!”
        Mary’s story humbles the mind, but it also expands it. He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than one who simply plods through life. Love opens the door to many mysteries. Mary knew that when she kissed her baby boy.  Her story still